In Spanish city, summer siesta becomes law

Spanish town brings in compulsory siesta law

 Published: 16 Jul 2015 11:48 GMT+02:00
Spanish town brings in compulsory siesta law

The Spanish town of Ador has made siestas compulsory. Photo: Jessica Jones/The Local

Between the hours of 2pm and 5pm you will struggle to find anyone in the Valencian town of Ador; the town’s inhabitants will have taken to their beds to catch their mandatory forty winks.

The town’s summer siesta tradition is so deep-rooted the mayor has enshrined his citizen’s right to an afternoon snooze in law.

“Everything closes between 2pm and 5pm,” a town hall spokesman told The Local. “Bars, shops, the swimming pool, everything.”

It is well-known that taking an afternoon siesta is good for you and it was even scientifically proven in early 2015.

But Ador could be the first town in Spain to actually make taking a siesta obligatory by law. 

Mayor of Ador, Joan Faus Vitòria, has ordered that that town’s inhabitants stay quiet between 2pm and 5pm.

The new rules also stipulate that children should remain indoors:

“Children should stay indoors between 2pm and 5pm so that they do not go outside and play with balls and disturb older people,” the town hall spokesman told The Local.

There is a long tradition of taking an afternoon siesta in Ador, stemming from the town’s agricultural history:

“Many people here work in the countryside, so it’s very usual to take a long lunch break and have a siesta after eating.”

The people of Ador have proudly carried on the practice, cementing the summer tradition into a town custom that they hope to preserve for generations of future nappers.

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Jessica Jones (jessica.jones@thelocal.com)

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